Category: Posts by Robyn

25th Naming Anniversary of the Simon School


I recently had the good fortune to attend a celebration that commemorated the 25th Naming Anniversary of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. This event, which took place in New York City, featured J. Peter Simon ‘08S (LLD), who was presented with the Dean’s Medal Award by University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Simon School Dean Mark Zupan. Peter Simon is a global financial executive who has coupled a successful career with a deep commitment to philanthropy and service. A longtime leader for the Simon School, he plays an integral role in advancing the School’s vision and supporting student’s success. Simon is co-chairman of William E. Simon and Sons, a private investment firm and global merchant bank. He is the son of the late William E. Simon, financial entrepreneur, U.S. Treasury Secretary, and the Simon School’s generous benefactor and namesake.

Over time, Simon has funded Simon Leadership Fellowships for more than 30 exceptional students who demonstrate a record of community involvement, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Devoted to mentoring future leaders, he personally counsels Simon students and graduates, provides internship and placement opportunities, and encourages new recruits to join the School’s program. Prior to the celebration, I hosted a reception for a group of prospective candidates interested in pursuing a graduate business degree at the Simon School. Together, we attended the ceremony, which offered our potential future students the opportunity to interact with over 200 alumni and current students. For over the past 30 years, the Simon School has partnered with New York City recruiters, and many of our current students were visiting New York City to participate in the New York Recruiting Program (NYRP). This Simon School specific event allows our current students to interview directly with hiring managers at many organizations located in New York City. With the generous support of individuals like Peter Simon, and the success of programs like NYRP, I look forward to continually obvserving our students as they flourish and strive for great things ahead.

Please visit the Simon School Flickr Account to view photos from the 25th Naming Anniversary of the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business and Dean’s Medal Award:

2011 Women’s Weekend

By: Robyn Winstanley

Earlier in the month, our office hosted the annual Women’s Conference event. We had an incredible group of women visit our campus for the weekend – we had guests from many areas, including Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Wisconsin! Simon is a member of the Forté Foundation, a partnership between MBA programs and corporate sponsors to increase women leaders within graduate business programs and corporations. As a sponsor school, Simon awards Forté scholarships and offers networking opportunities through the annual Forté MBA Women’s Conference, as well as numerous seminars and events. In an effort to support the mission of the Forté Foundation, we invited prospective candidates to visit our campus and interact with alumnae, faculty members, current students, and admissions staff members.

Our guests were treated to two guest speakers: Rachel Fruendschuh, MBA Class of 2008, Senior Financial Analyst for Chevron in San Francisco, and Nicole O’Rourke, MBA Class of 2011, Business Operations Manager at Success Charter Network in New York City. These women, and the many other alumnae and current students who joined us for the weekend shared their stories of success and how the Simon School has provided the tools needed to be a leader. As an admissions representative, I am grateful to have met so many enthusiastic and energy filled individuals. It was the perfect weekend filled with wonderful conversation, laughter, and lots of delicious food!



Simon Partner Schools

By: Robyn Winstanley

Are you an alumni or current student of one of the following institutions?

Allegheny College, Alma College, Bard College, Barnard College, Bates College, Bucknell University, Colby College, College of the Holy Cross, College of Wooster, Dickinson College, Elmira College, Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Knox College, Lafayette College, Lewis & Clark College, Oberlin College, Queens College – CUNY, Reed College, Ripon College , Spelman College, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, University of Evansville, University of Rochester, Ursinus College

All individuals who are currently attending or have attended the above institutions are qualified for the following benefits, should you apply to graduate business studies at the Simon School: 

  • A waived application fee ($125 value)
  • $10,000 in scholarship support (per year) for admitted full-time MS or MBA students
  • Priority admission consideration

Recently, I visited with Bard College and Queens College students to share this wonderful opportunity. I enjoyed spreading the word that admitted students from partner schools receive a guaranteed scholarship of at least $10,000! Although this is currently limited to the designated institutions, we believe that partner school candidates will bolster and enhance the Simon School, along with all members of our community.

Don’t miss out on the chance to apply to Simon for free – start your application today! For questions about the partnership between the Simon School and the institutions listed above, please contact



Fall Fun in Rochester

By: Robyn

One of my favorite things about living in upstate New York is that I get to experience the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. Without question, my favorite month of the year is October. Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in Rochester as one gets to watch the gorgeous fall foliage change from green to an array of reds, oranges, and yellows. The cool, crisp air of autumn is motivation for me to enjoy the outdoors before the snow begins to fall. Rochester offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the many traditional fall activities in our area:

1) Letchworth State Park: located 35 miles south of Rochester and known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the East,’ this magnificent park provides the best view of the fall foliage. Navigate the hiking trails and take photographs of the waterfalls, river, and of course, the changing colors of the trees.

2) Apple Picking: For years, I have visited The Apple Farm in Victor, NY with friends. Apple picking is a must-do during the fall and is a great way to socialize with friends. Although I may not be the best cook, I enjoy attempting to make homemade apple pie from the apples I pick at The Apple Farm. Don’t forget a warm glass of apple cider and a cinnamon donut while you visit!

3) Haunted Houses: I’ll admit, I am easily frightened, so you can imagine how scared I get when visiting a haunted house!  There is a plentiful amount of haunted houses in Rochester, with the Haunted House of Horrors and The House of Pain being two of the most frequented. If you have a higher threshold than me for being scared, check one of these locations out.

4) Pumpkin Picking: Wickham Farms, located about 15 minutes from the Simon School, is a great destination to find the perfectly round pumpkin to adorn your home. Find your way through the corn maze, take a ride on a hayride, and guess the weight of the giant pumpkin on display during your visit. I usually buy an extra pumpkin just so I can munch on one of my favorite fall snacks – toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Yum!